In 2002, when Chance the Rapper was 9 years old, he went to see Drumline in the movie theater for the very first time with his aunt and his cousins, and that experience changed his life forever. Two weeks after seeing the film, he went out and got a drum kit. “This movie changed my life,” he tells Billboard. “It’s the reason why I make music.”
In the latest episode of Billboard’s Quizzed, a show which sees musical artists paired up with the stars of their favorite films and television shows, Chance the Rapper sits down with Drumline star Nick Cannon to get tested on his knowledge when it comes to film-related trivia — and he certainly proves worthy of being dubbed the No. 1 Drumline fan.
Broken up into three rounds, the first round consists of true or false questions. Despite having a rocky start, answering incorrectly when asked if A&T’s school colors are blue and yellow (he overthinks it and convinces himself that it’s a trick question), he gets every other question right, even impressing Cannon with his knowledge.
During this round, when Cannon asks Chance if it’s true that Devon looks down at his sheet music during his first audition (he does not), Cannon recalls how difficult it was filming that scene. “That was a hard scene to do,” he says, “’Cause I had to stay looking up the whole time.”
During the second round, which focuses on general trivia, questions asked include what the last rule of the rule book is, what kind of drum Devon plays, and where Laila and Devon have their first kiss. Reminiscing about that kiss scene, Cannon recalls, “I got nominated for an MTV [Movie] Award for that kiss!”
The game is put on a brief pause when Chance receives (and accepts) a FaceTime call from his wife, excitedly telling her where he is, before the pair commence their final round, with Chance matching movie quotes to the characters who said them.
Ultimately, Chance earns himself a pair of drumsticks, signed by Devon Miles himself, and Cannon plays some drums as he freestyles a pretty epic rap about the experience.
Think you can ace this Drumline trivia challenge as well as Chance the Rapper did? You can check out the full episode of Quizzed above to play along with him.